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THREE DOLLARS AND A BUS RIDE THAT CHANGED A WOMAN'S LIFE: MEET THYDA

“Three dollars…it’s all I had in my pocket" says Kolthyda Chum, an incredibly charming, petite and softly spoken young woman from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. "My mother would not lend me the 10 dollars I needed to buy the bus ticket, because she told me that people like me need to stay at home with family.” But Thyda, as she likes to be called, took her chances, and boarded that bus... “When I was two years old, I became very sick. I got polio in my right leg. My father took me to the hospital, but doctors and traditional medicines didn’t help me” she says. Today, sitting up straight and proudly, with her crutches leaning discreetly on the side of her desk at a shop in Siem Reap, Thyda begins to t

LOOKING BACK: MY LIFE AS A VIDEO JOURNALIST, HUMANITARIAN, AND A FREELANCING NOMAD

A former mini-documentary subject of mine turned friend reminded me that we trekked through Panama’s lush rainforests nearly a decade ago, today. Another, that I wore a -45 °C worthy parka during my daily quest for images along the frozen and treeless landscape of the Arctic region at this time last year. And another wrote from a Montreal newsroom that I used to work in back in the summer of 2002, to touch base and say that he gives me “kudos for chasing my dream” while “admiring my journeys with a smudge of envy”… I love being reminded of all those wonderful moments I, and we, experienced in the past…I am and will forever be grateful! But, it is also during moments like these, that I am re

HOLY COW: The Revered Inhabitants of Goa

On the street corner, down an alley, along the edges of fields and India’s picturesque beaches - they’re here, there, and just about everywhere…roaming nonchalantly through human and motorized traffic, peeking into doorways of roadside cafes and restaurants, munching on brittle twigs, discarded leftovers and garbage, and basking in the sun completely unperturbed by their human co-habitants and visitors to the popular coastline of Goa, India. Unlike the gated and often heartbreaking lives of their distant cousins abroad, most cows in India walk around this part of the world like Gods. Considered sacred by many, including those who adhere to the philosophies and beliefs of Hinduism and Jainism

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